An Eco-Friendly Way To Start Seeds Indoors Using Recycled
1. With a push pin, poke several holes in the bottom of the
yogurt containers. The yogurt containers will be the pots that you will plant your seeds
2. Cut the juice/milk containers in half. These will be the
trays that your pots sit in.
3. Add your potting soil to the yogurt containers and plant your
seeds according to the seed company’s instructions. Water after planting.
4. Put your seed trays on top of the fridge for warmth. Check on
your seeds every day to make sure they don’t dry out. Water if it feels or looks like the soil is drying out.
If it’s still wet, there’s no need to water.
5. Once your seeds germinate, move them to the sunniest spot in
6. Surround all windowless sides of your seedlings with a wall
of aluminum foil in order to maximize the amount of sunlight that your seedlings get. You can make a wall by
wrapping foil around cardboard.
7. Once your seedlings get larger, you can
transplant them to your re-usable plastic sandwich bags. Add potting soil to the sandwich bags and
carefully transplant each seedling into its own bag, being careful not to damage the roots or the leaves. You
can use the end of a fork or spoon to help ease the seedling from the yogurt
8. Add more potting soil to the sandwich bags after
transplanting as needed to make sure each seedling is well supported and happy in its new
9. Using a push pin, poke holes in the bottom of the plastic
bags for proper drainage.
10. Return the seedlings, now in plastic bags, back to their
“aluminum wall house with window”.
11. Water the seedlings to make sure they settle in
12. Also remember to ‘harden off’ your seedlings before planting them outside by
gradually exposing them to sunlight starting about a week before planting.
13. Save up empty yogurt containers, large tetra-pack juice/milk
containers, and previously used small plastic sandwich bags.
Written By: Lea Tran
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